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Borg Assimilator
Website: Carowinds Homepage
Ride Type: Flying Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.1538
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 16
Last Review: 7/27/2010 7:23:00 PM
In User Top 10: 11 times.
User Tracker Count: 35 times.
 


i love the borg assimilator
    
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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SamJane on 7/27/2010 7:23:00 PM
My favorite flyer by far! It is so unusual and makes you really feel as if you're flying through the air like Superman! It is a perfect ride for its type, and I ride it, no matter how long the line is, every time I'm there.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/14/2007 11:04:00 AM
Excellent flyer thats only behind Tatsu for my favorite flyer. The ride was pretty smooth throughout and so were the transitions. I liked the first drop and the inversions, especially the vertical loop and double corkscrew were pretty intense.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bt123 on 12/22/2006 6:23:00 PM
My Favorite ride at the park! The loop in the very back row is amazing. Great setting, and about a 10 min wait in june for me.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up razor12 on 4/24/2006 7:31:00 PM - User's Top Ride #10
I found this ride to be very exciting if you want a "flying experience" I highly suggest this, it was so much fun! I had my arms spread out the whole time. If you want a nice glide sit in the front. If you want a fast adreniline rush sit in the back...every seat is great! I prefer Vekoma Flyers over B&M due to the tighter turns and the inversions feel more like a coaster. However, the line can get long.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 5/26/2005 4:01:00 AM
Borg-The Assimilator is a steel sit down flying roller coaster it was built in 2000. It is 115' tall, 2,776' long. It travels at sppeds of 51 mph. It has 5 inversions. It was built by Vekoma. AKA: Night Hawk. This ride was awesome. It was my favorite at this park. The colors are bright and the theming adds to the ride. You start out laying down up the lift hill then flip over onto your stomach. There are many flips and rolls after this. The Borg scenery adds to the ride as does the tv show reruns while waiting in line. Great job Paramount. It is fast, fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up WAR2174 on 5/25/2005 4:25:00 PM
This is quite the unique ride. It is very cool looking with the neon green and black paint. The huge Borg sphere is very detailed and ominous looking. For those of you who dont know, the Borg are a very popular species from the Star Trek franchise. They are cyborgnetic beings from deep in the galaxy that "assimilate" or join with other species to gain their technology and biological uniquness. They always refer to themselves as "we" never "I". Anyway, I wont go too deep into the back story and back to the ride. The seats are very strange looking, with a lap restraint and over the shoulder harness which clips over your chest. You start out laying down, and up the hill you go. It is a little nerve wracking to know the drop is coming but you cant see it. Suddenly you flip over, facing stright down and around to the left and into a unique tight horseshoe turnaround and back around it flips you on you back and into a loop. Watching the train go into a loop from your back is really cool and disorienting. The coolest feeling I have had on a coaster since X. You come out of the loop and make another turnaround to the left and towards the Borg sphere, you barrell roll over again and start into a series of corkscrews. This part is a little rough. I found holding my head up instead of on the headrest worked best to keep my head from banging. You make a turn to the right and into the holding brakes. Thank God this area is covered, with the sun shining right down on you while you are looking up. You sit out there for a couple of minutes while the other train unloads. You then go around a little turn and back into the station house. I really love the coaster. The very unique feelings make this a much differnt coaster than many others. Since I havent been on a B&M flyer, I have no reference to other rides like it so I just have to compare it to the overall coaster community. In typical Vekoma fashion, it is a little rough but not unbearable, however Vekoma gets major props for desinging such a unique ride. The themeing is very cool, but the Borg talking gets a little annoying if you are standing in the area for a while. I liked Borg so much that it replaced Acrophobia in my top 10. Resistance is futile!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 5/6/2005 9:26:00 PM
Ignoring the 2 1/2 hour wait I withstood to ride this thing which would bring down my rating considerably, the actual ride is pretty good. Though it isnt fantastic and the restraints are extremely uncomfortable, the positions this thing puts you in are amazingly disorienting. It is a fun ride, but it wasnt worth the wait. It also seemed to have a lot of mechanical problems with the complex system of raising and lowering seats. It broke down like 3 times while I was waiting, they were only running one train, and loading times were very slow

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 3/22/2005 8:23:00 PM
I am mixed about this review. As stated in previous reviews, BORG is a great coaster, and I would rate it as equal with Superman Ultimate Flight. BORG is different in many aspects though, starting with the trains. The Vekoma loading procedure seems to be slower than the B&M models, causing for slow operations and inevitable stacking. The parks operating procedures didnt help, mainly due to a "no empty seats" mandate. Also, the trains were a bit nerve-wrecking, no matter how much my brain told me that they were safe, my heart kept telling me "there is no way that shoulder harness will keep me from plummeting ot my death!" Well, Im still alive Also, the lay-down trains hurt my back quite a bit, especially when we sat on the brake run for three minutes waiting for the station to clear, so that hurt my views of the ride a bit, but Ill try to equate that out. As for the ride, the layout and elements beat Superman as a whole, but as other members have said, the pretzel loop still hasnt been touched. I liked the high-banked first turn, something that I wish the B&M flyers had, and the transitions from lying to flying was actually quite smooth, in terms of the flow of the ride and the actual smoothness. The ride was not that rough, certainly better than most Vekomas. The double corkscrew was a fun and interesting element, and the setting near the giant sphere, not to mention the location above the lakes, all added up big time for the ride. Overall, I couldnt ask for much more in a flyer, other than B&M trains, and the rides operations hurt as well.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RaptorFan on 3/21/2005 12:30:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
BORG is incredible! It completly "assimilated" any doubt I had about it being a bad ride at all. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Dukeis#1 on 12/23/2004 5:24:00 PM
Good Flying Coaster with some interesting Gs. Im still kind of pissed they removed the Riverboat for it, but Borg Assimilator is still a very fun coaster. Not quite as smooth as Superman at SFOG though.

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